Tambayan Capsule Hostel: Your Best Hostel in Manila, Philippines

Maybe, it comes with age. I feel that hostels are for the young ones. When i was in my 20's, i always had a fascination for hostels. My first hostel experience was in Singapore back in 2008. Years later, slowly, i wanted more space for myself. I already yearn for peace at night, and privacy became a bigger issue to me. I think it does come with age. When Tambayan Capsule Hostel invited me during their soft launch to experience the grandness of another hostel in Manila, i said yes. One, I've never tried hostels in Manila. Two, i am quite picky with my accommodations, hostels included. Three, i am sleeping in a bunk bed with my closest friends in a dorm room. 

I arrived quite late that Saturday. I was in a rush, since coming from Quezon City to Manila probably took me almost two hours because of traffic. Mind you, it's a Saturday. I kinda missed Manila. I've always believed that this city has a charm no other city has. Its history is unforgettable, and the old world feel is so elusive. 

I was escorted to the bedroom where seven of my closest travel buddies are already waiting. As i go up the stairs, i realize how different this hostel is from the others i see in photographs. More funky, the design is eclectic. More modern, the vibe is old world. I immediately went up and found myself surrounded by memorabilia of Manila in the olden days. Manila has such a rich history. To design about it is but right. Tambayan Capsule Hostel does it right.

At its soft opening, i already see a couple of tourists staying at Tambayan Capsule Hostel. Most of them, by this time at 3PM, where probably on their second bottle of San Miguel Beer. Watching the city pass you by is such a rewarding experience. As i type this, i couldn't help but wonder why i suddenly become excited to visit again. If they invite me again, i would probably stay for another time. And since half of my Facebook friends are non-Filipinos, i would probably recommend this place for them to stay in when they're in Manila.

It's not a party hostel. I don't think it will ever be. I once visited a party hostel in Makati, this is definitely not like it. But i like the solace this place evokes. I like that it's quiet, and a few steps away is madness. That is what staying in Manila is all about. A chill out music was the perfect soundtrack to this state of nonchalance. 

Like all hostels should be, there's a gastro pub where one could enjoy light snacks and cold beverage. Of course, when i mean cold beverage it's definitely beer. Because it's located at the roof top, one could have a good view of the bohemian streets of Malate where a lot of people are a fan of. 

At Tambayan Capsule Hostel, one can choose all-female or mixed dorm rooms. There's private rooms for 2, 4, 6 and 8 people. I don't have to write the prices. Trust me, it's cheap. 

This huge dorm room where i stayed together with my friends features a balcony overlooking the city just beside the gastro pub. Fantastic!

Oh, these kids. The real reason why hostels are delightful is because one can be crazy, and yes, you don't have to be young to do that. I remember my hostel friends at Inn Crowd. I guess it's time to let them know how much i miss our wacky moments back then.

Even if it's a hostel, Tambayan provides hotel experience with luggage keep service, transportation inquiries to the best places around the Philippines and so much more. When i was there, the lovely concierge where helping out two Swedish girls how to get to Banaue from the hostel. Great service!

If you're looking a for convenient hostel to sleep and relax for a couple of days in Manila. More, i dare you. Book your stay at Tambayan Capsule Hostel if you don't like house music playing on the roof top. Get some sleep! ha

Tambayan Capsule Hostel
Address: 1607 Bocobo St. Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila
Telephone Number: +6325218850
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/tambayanhostel/

A Beautiful Staycation at B Hotel, Quezon City, Philippines

I always find it nice whenever news about a new hotel in Quezon City is opening. I've always believed that future is right here in this city. For one, i was born and raised here. I went to school and spent my youth here. There's so much space, and convenience is unquestionable. In short, i love Quezon City forever.

With new hotels opening every year, i reckoned my instincts were spot on.

When i was invited for the soft opening of B Hotel in Quezon City, i said yes right away. As the sister company of Bellevue Manila, i knew i would be stupid to let this one pass. I knew i would be experiencing affordable five star treatment. Who doesn't want that?

B Hotel is about 8 kilometers away from my home, and i paid my driver about a hundred pesos to get here. Very cheap, indeed. When i arrived, i was amazed by its interiors. QC is really keeping up with its popular city sisters like Makati and Ortigas. The design of the hotel is New York industrial with pebbled flooring, unfinished walls and the beautiful bricks interior of the rooms. It's nothing like I've ever seen in Manila, at least. After a week of stressful meetings and haggard mornings, one thing's for sure, a luxurious treatment is just what i need.

I also got excited with the rooms, as they are indeed, amazingly beautiful. I've been quite picky now with my accommodations whenever i travel. After suffering from bed bugs at a hostel in Kuala Lumpur to experiencing  perfectly lighted rooms in Maldives, i have decided that a trip to a destination should always include where you sleep. Yes, I've matured also as a traveler. That is what 9 years of traveling did to me. 

The staff of B Hotel kindly prepared for us a lovely dinner by their restaurant called Lobby Cafe. The breaded fish fillet, beef salpicao and chapsuey were all excellent. This hotel doesn't really want me to leave, eh? Again, the interiors are wonderfully designed. It has a feel of a quaint Cuban  bar, which is consistent to the over-all aesthetic design of the hotel. I seriously felt like Don Creole, enjoying a hard liquor, by the bar. Only missing was a cigar.

Since B Hotel is a short stroll away from the happening place of Timog area, it's definitely a perfect balance of "solitude" within the compounds as it's tucked in a quiet side street, and excitement from bars and pubs available for your visit right in the next alley.

Since i work in the marketing industry and i happen to oversee a team, i feel that a two-day lock in would be perfect for us to come up with a brilliant campaign. I am seriously thinking about it now. I think i should call now to reserve.

If you happen to drive your own car, don't worry. The hotel provides free parking space for all its guests. With a good massage and spa within reach, a weekend stay would definitely be one for the books. I think i forgot to mention that azure pool. The wooden planks were spot on. I could literally see myself dipping quite soon.

I could go on and on in convincing you to stay, but i also want to leave that element of surprise when you come visit. Easy on the clicks, you might fill up your camera SD card quick. B Hotel may not be huge in size, but its quaint and boutique size makes up for a very relaxing weekend. Don't you think?

Address: 14 Scout Rallos Street, Bgy Laging Handa, Quezon City 1103
Phone Number: +632 990 5000
E-mail Address: info@thebhotelqc.com

Travel Notes from Kampong Phluk, Cambodia

Why do i feel so lazy around Siem Reap all the time? I joked how maybe too much iron in the water makes one just so damn sleepy all the time. It didn't help that out of six people in my dorm room, five loved sleeping so much. Maybe, that's why we bonded a lot. ha ha

Every single morning when we wake up, we would always tell each other, "the best part about waking up is you can sleep again." 

But thankfully, i was able to bring up my lazy ass back on the road. Bun Nak was there to pick me up from the Siem Reap Hostel where I've been staying for days now. He asked me where i wanted to go. Of course, i had the same response. I said, "no idea". 

As we scoot his Yamaha towards Road 6, i saw how a few minutes away from Siem Reap and the surroundings already look more rural. This is the kind of trip i was looking forward to doing. I told Bun Nak that i don't want tourists in sight because i wanted to immerse myself to the local culture of Khmers. I have the hostel to hang out with fellow travelers, anyway. I am also a fan of hiring a guide or driver to take me around so i get first dibs on where local people go, what they love, etc. 

As we approached towards the end of the road, the potholes become even more apparent, and i had once trouble finding my seat on his back because i was constantly moving from left to right. But the scenery made up for it. The rice paddies were so green, you want to touch the grass. Be careful though as some parts are still not cleared of land mines. There were old farmers tending their lots, and lots of little kiddos jumping around as we rip the side road. 

We got lucky, as during this time of the day, novice monks would often chant and meditate to where the sun is showing. We approached them by the green mossy rice paddies and watched from afar how such difference there is with their culture and traditions as compared to mine. 

After which, we headed straight to the great unknown where the roads become narrower, and people more shy. They would often smile in excitement when they hear the sound of a motorcycle approaching, and with a GoPro toting dude who happens to look like Khmer pass them by.

At one point, i saw the mighty Cambodian hot air balloon, and how sensitive happy kids play around as the big balloon floats in the air. By this time, Bun Nak and I stopped over for a quick ciggie break and just admire how these people are able to shell out $100 for the ride. If i am not mistaken, we passed by about five quiet little villages, one of which is even older than Angkor Wat. That made me even more excited, and i feel so happy that Bun Nak was there to give me a glimpse of how two local Khmer friends get excited ripping the enigmatic highways of Cambodia. 

The sun was about to set, and so off we go to supposedly to the stilt houses. Unfortunately, the river water was too low and so boats cannot operate at this time of the year. We continued our cruise and found a lone pagoda sitting by the hill in another village. What's fortunate is that there's nobody there but a few monks after prayer. It's a lovely pagoda with multi-colored Buddhas surrounding the extreme points of moat. Bun Nak said it's an oldie but being renovated now by the local government.

The Road 6 at dawn was a mess. Construction on the roads were happening, and every time a large car or bus passes us by, the thick smog mixed with suffocating smell of unfinished road envelopes the air. 

But this is Cambodia. I didn't go back here to be amazed of their fine high rise buildings, because there's none. Neither did i go back to experience luxury through their air conditioned cafes. Cambodia is a third world country with heaps of 1st rate adventurous things to do. And it's probably the reason why i came back second time around. 

Lo and behold, i extended my stay in Siem Reap where i finally got to visit Kampong Phluk where locals live by the Tonle Sap Lake in their awesome stilt houses. 

Travel Notes from Beng Mealea, Cambodia

Koh Ker was supposedly where i will go. I cannot be too honest with Bun Nak when he's been endorsing me this temple since day one. He said that if didn't want too many tourists in a temple, i have to go to Preah Vihear province, close to the border with Thailand. I didn't go even if there was a Unesco World Heritage sight waiting for me to explore. 

Amidst what Bun Nak is saying that land mines are cleared, i just read that it's not fully cleared at all. But, the government, together with a foreign outfit, are doing their best to clear the temples and even the surrounding areas with land mines. 

It appears that Koh Ker is an Angkor Wat in the making; more vibrant, more atmospheric and less commercialized. Malaria is super prevalent in the area near Thailand, that everyone is advised to take anti-malaria pills at all cost. And because i didn't expect my adventurous side to overcome my fear, i was literally on the road on a motorbike every single day, looking for places left untouched by tourists. Which means, i was always nearby the red zone. :(

And thirdly, it's 120 kilometers away from Siem Reap. The road is fine at some point but it gets rough toward the jungle, and i am not kidding, with potholes from every corner of the half-built road. So, there. 

Bun Nak was supposed to pick m up at 5AM so we can leave early for Koh Ker. With not much sleep, i went downstairs and told him that my plans have changed. Of course, he was a bit disappointed having to wake up at quarter to five in the morning for a lazy and disorganized backpacker named Jerik. But i explaind to him that i have all the afternoon to roam around, and do absolutely non-touristy stuff except for Bang Malea. 

At half past 11 in the morning, this fellow Bun Nak who has now turned from a driver/guide to my good friend turned up at the hostel excited to take me around so i can explore some more. The heat was unbearable, and i haven't eaten anything so anything with rice and soda would probably help me out become more energetic for the long day ahead of me. We stopped by a fancy restaurant where i had a so so chicken fried rice. Of course, it was getting warmer at about 33 degrees Celsius. 

As we were racing for Bun Nak's best time from Siem Reap to Beng Maalea at 65 kilometers, i reckoned this is probably the longest motorbike trip of my life. The road was good mostly, on the way to Phnom Penh, but the extreme heat was making the trip awful. At about 1 hour and 1 minute, we arrived at the ticket counter where had to pay $5 to get inside this popular temple in Siem Reap. 

Beng Mealea is probably the most beautiful temple of all temples in Siem Reap. That is after visiting all the Angkor Wat temples the last time i was there. And now, Beng Mealea is absolutely one of a kind. Like what everyone says, it's worth your 5 dollars to be there. I wished i could have shown him more my enthusiasm but i was already dripping in sweat, and it doesn't help knowing i still have again almost a hundred kilometers of road race, back to my hotel. 

After about an hour of pure excitement, it was time for us to depart. But where to? I told Bun Nak if we could actually roam around some more villages so i could have a deeper understanding of the people's way of lives. 

Travel Notes from Pub Street, Cambodia

Yesterday, what i did was just to walk around the old market and the many quiet alley ways of beautiful Siem Reap. The heat was unbearable yesterday though. I think it was about 32 degrees Celsius in very humid weather. And walking meant going to the old market, which i did. I spent quite a fortune buying bed covers which i got down half the price, pillow cases with cute elephant rhinestones embossed, a cute Khmer doll, and a couple of shirts and tanks. 

I am a fan of buying exotic stuff from my travels which i can decorate in my room, and the rest for the house. All in all, it was a good shopping trip and i paid more than 70% off from the original price. But i also feel how hard it is to earn money here in Cambodia. Now with the sun about to set. Ha ha I woke up pretty late and left the hostel around 2PM which means i am officially the laziest traveler in the world. I paid lunch for a whopping $20 but Chow Republic is one of the best restaurants in Siem Reap. I had beef with black beans and small shrimps while i sip my coconut shake. Double order at that. Fantastic! 

I watched the sunset from the busy streets, and found that amidst the tourist culture here in Siem Reap, it is still Cambodia - the land with a memorable past, and the people easy going and relaxed.

I went back to the hostel around 6PM and found more people inside my dorm room. Yey! Tim has always been here, and just finished his second day of exploring the temples. I've convinced him to visit the Philippines, so i think he'a going there in a few weeks. I need to help him out with his itinerary. He works as a park ranger in the US so that's interesting. Victor from Spain was too tired and templed out, he couldn't move a muscle. But he's meeting a "friend" soon. Jimmy, the sleepiest guy in the world is from San Francisco but he works in Seoul, South Korea. Erin with a backpack is from Brisbane and supposedly was waiting for his night bus to Phnom Penh, which later on she cancelled. She left at 7:30AM instead, And of course, Santiago from Colombia just joined us.  

While chatting, everybody decided it was high time to go to Pub Street. And so we did just that, we stopped over first at Viva Mexican Bar & Restaurant. They ordered food, i got my Beer Laos. Done. It's funny how people from around the world are all different. What's really nice about traveling is that you get to learn so much from simple habits to speaking the language, etc. I find meeting other people interesting because it broadens your knowledge of the world. Little by little, you will discover that you're just a tiny speck in this huge planet. Victor invited his Indian friend to join us which made our table the most culturally diverse at Viva. Excellent! 

By the way, it's another terrible news what just happened in Jakarta. I hope one day, people will realize that all these acts of terror have no place in modern society. It's about time that we take care of each other, no matter what color or religion you are born with. We are all brothers and sisters. 

Going back, we headed to more bars and ordered more drinks. I got shots in between my beer Laos. And now as i type this, i swear i won't drink today. I'll detox for one day, and will just relax. My body hurts, and all i want to do is lie down in my bed. But Bun Nak will pick me up at 1PM. He said we can go to Koh Ker. But i am thinking twice because i just read that there still some land mines in the surrounding areas that are still uncleared. I wonder where will i go today. I just want to visit the countryside. Do absolutely non-touristy stuff, and mingle with the locals. Cambodia, surprise me with your rural charms. 

Travel Notes from Tonle Sap, Cambodia

Five years ago seemed already an eternity to me. Going back to Cambodia is a trip of a lifetime. One year in the making. But a lifetime figuring how come i stayed too long last time i was here. Exploring century old temples, eating fried egg noodles and drinking the tasty Angkor beer were some of the things i can never forget about this country. And of course, there's so much more.

I am right at this very same hostel were i once stayed. The Siem Reap Hostel changed a lot, with more rooms to boot and a bigger compound at that. I could have stayed at a fancy hotel now, especially since i can afford it, but i reckoned it would be sick to stay here again for ol' time's sake. And so i did. Sorted out a bunk bed at the mixed dorm room for almost a week here. I am staying with two Americans and one Spanish, and i am here looking weird. Weird because i look like everyone else, yet again. I am the ultimate Asian boy. But it's fun. I loved Cambodia then, i still love it now. 5 years ago, i stayed for about two months roaming around Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh. This time, i don't know for how long. 

On my first night, i got a room at another hostel called One Stop. Fair enough as i paid 6 dollars for a night because they mixed up my booking. The Siem Reap Hostel is about 11 dollars a night, but i like it here more because of the ambiance. 

I have to tell you about the flight also. The flight from Manila to Siem Reap was turbulent. And i am not exaggerating. Paying about 80 dollars for the round trip ticket is cheap, but the experience was out of this world. Good thing, i arrived safely and the new airport here is huge and beautiful. Totally different when you go outside, and you could see that Siem Reap, the city, remained the same. 

I got out of the airport, and tried to get a tuk-tuk from the outside, but i didn't know where to go. Everybody was pointing me back to the transportation counter, and so i did. Paid for about 5 dollars for a one way trip 8 kilometer easy breezy journey to Pub Street. There i met Bun Nak who would be my guide for the the whole duration of my stay here in Siem Reap. Pretty cool guy! 

He was waiting at the airport from 4PM looking for the next customer he would drive to the city. At 11PM, i arrived. Imagine, he's been waiting for about 7 hours. Too long! Unbelieavable. You have to understand Cambodia is a very poor country, and minimum wage is way lower. 

Relatively, i had no plans at all. I did most of the nice stuff to do in Siem Reap before, so i am left with some ideas for an excursion that I've never done. Three days have passed and i still don't know where to go. I love sleeping in Cambodia, and i find it hard to wake up earlier than 10AM. So right now, as i type this at the bed, i am thinking whether taking a nap or going out to eat. 

After i was convinced to go out and explore the rest of Siem Reap, i scheduled a sunset cruise by Tonle Sap. Together with Bun Nak and his family, we were on our own private boat watching the sun set while drinking my Angkor beer. The water in the lake was calm except for a few bumps when a bigger boat passes us by. Paid 35 dollars for the whole boat which ran for about four hours. And i bought 24 cans of Angkor beer for a mini picnic. That cost me 13 dollars, too. But the experience was whirlwind, and it was such an ideal experience because i went away from the crowd of tourists all doing the same thing. Drinking with Bun Nak, my boatman, we munched on fried fish with salted tamarind sauce, and steamed shrimp together with fresh vegetables. So yummy! We were all so carried away by the experience that we forgot it's already dark. So at around 8PM, and being one of the few boats still by the lake, we headed back to the terminal. We actually cruised with only the moon as our guide light. Before returning to the hotel, i met Bun Nak's mother in law whom we gave rice for gift, and passed by a local wedding. Did you know that during a wedding, the husband and the wife starts of far from each other - like a block away, and as the night progresses that's the only time they will get close and see each other? I Still have about 5 Angkor beer cans left from the picnic. And Bunnak lent me the cooler for now. Bunnak drank about 3 and my boatman 3 also. I was so drunk. Jol moi!!! 

Makati City, Philippines' Food Exploration Tour with Raintree Group of Restaurants

I will never be a food blogger because i'm quite impatient when a food is already served in front of me. But, i really try my best. The Raintree Group of Restaurants presented another challenge to me. How will i be able to keep up to take photos and document all of these delicious food, when i cannot even wait a minute before tasting them all?

Pancit Tinola? Saltimbocca? Seafood Guava? All of these seem strange to me at first but little by little, i understand how exciting it must be to try it all for the first time. And Raintree Group of Restaurants will help me do just that. Let's try them all!

Simple Lang, located within Ayala Triangle Gardens, offer a unique spin on the most popular Filipino comfort) food. As mentioned, i've never tried Pancit Tinola ( Hainan Style Chicken, Fried Sili Leaves). It tasted unbelievably fresh and tangy. Even the Simpleng Arroz Caldo (Spicy Dilis, Kimchi, Tofu, Bicho, Crispy Chili Garlic, Calamansi) never tasted this good. And i haven't touched dessert yet...

The Hot Ginataang Bilo-Bilo is so beautifully prepared, that i had a hard time figuring out if it was really food or an artsy toy. And the ice scramble i ordered made me relieve the days when i was in grade school, and looking very "totoy". Likewise, the Turon Bites (Sabam Toasted Sesame & Condensed Milk) is immediately a winner to me. 

And with tons of surprises in store for its patrons, i wonder what the chef will be presenting next? How about Rellenong Chicken Inasal, perhaps?

Moving over to Zuellig Building along Makati Ave on the 3rd floor is Terraz. Popular with businessmen and socialities, this bistro offers fine dining with a view. And because of its glassy interiors and an ambiance like no other, a date with your loved one or soon to be loved one, will be a topnotch idea. 

For example, the Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna (Pan-Seared Ahi tuna, Romaine Lettuce, Sliced Japanese Cucumber, Vine Cherry Tomato in Sesame Dressing) looks and tastes fresh and juicy. I actually didn't want to share this with my friends, because it was that good. 

It's always a pasta party in Terraz with the Simple Saffron Spaghetti ( Homemade Spaghetti Pasta, Fresh Spinach and Smoked Grilled Asparagus). Likewise, the Truffled Herbed Chicken & Creamy Mushroom (Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast with three kinds of Mushroom and Red Wine Sauce) and how it was plated was so appetizing, i had a hard time convincing my friends that the photos we have are enough. 

Terraz Bistro & Meetings is famous among expats with their desserts and the Crepe Samurai ( Filled with Mango and Banana served with Caramel Sauce and Cinnamon Sugar) is simply perfection. And as i write this, i can't wait to schedule a meeting in there. Of course, this would be ordered for sure. 

I have always been a fan of M Cafe even before i was invited to try out their menu. I like the vibe of the place where the drinks are exquisitely served, the music so good you often ask for the artist from the DJ, and the location so convenient. For those who're unaware, Museum Cafe is so impossible not to find, because it's bright red "M" in front is such an eye candy. 

Both the Hainan Chicken Noodles + Shark's Fin Dumplings (Topped with Spring Onions, Shiitake Mushrooms & Shimeji Mushrooms) and the Seafood Congee + Flower Siu Mai (Topped with Crispy Tofu Skin, Spring Onion Shiitake Mushrooms & Shimeji Mushrooms) are great for dimsum lovers. Even the flavored soy sauce worked to make the taste even more strong. With chilli on the side, this is heaven on a plate. And it's not even past 9AM. 

The M Benedict (Poached Egg, Hollandaise Arugula, Grilled Cherry Tomato, Jamon Excellente Smoked Salmon) is a deluxe treat for the egg fanatics. It's an easy best seller!

There were waffles/pancakes and fruits and pastries, but i was really sold already on the dimsum that i had to post another photo. I am getting hungry just writing about it. 

Five seconds away from M Cafe is Kabila. Just kiddin'! Kabila is literally just on the other side. While M Cafe boasts of a wide spread of entrees, Kabila is a full dining experience like no other. Of all the restaurants, i could literally see my picky father eating all that was served to us. This Filipino Bistro serving fresh and simple Filipino flavors has only one promise to its guests. The food here is so good, you will never forget it. 

The Fresh Lumpia sa Kabila ( Fresh Ubod, Shrimp Mince, Sweet Garlic Sauce, Fresh Garlic + Ground Peanuts) will definitely battle out with your all time favorite dish. The shrimp mince together with the sauce, as well as the nuts, is simply divine. 

For a fish lover, i was very delighted when the Slow-Grilled Gindara (On Charcoal with a Sweet Soy Calamansi Glaze served with Pickled Green Mango) was served to me. I know when my seafood is fresh, and this Gindara is damn fresh. It was so good that i am already happy with this dish, plus all the rice i can eat. 

I've never tasted a guava sinigang in my life. The Seafood Guava Sinigang at Kabila ( Scallops, Bangus Belluy, River Prawns, Clams, Kangkong, Labanos, Sitaw + Cherry Tomatoes) claims the spot as now my most favorite dish of all time. I bet that you've never tasted a sinigang this good in your life.

Since there's still room to recover from food coma, i tasted the Buko Pandan that was served with melon shreds. I can attest how at only P195, you're already too close to heaven. And look at that plate, it's time to Instagram it. 

Later that night, our group was off to go Japanese. At Saboten in Glorietta 5, the story of the best Tonkatsu since 1966 comes alive. Suddenly, the memories of my trip to Japan comes back little by little. With freshly squeezed orange juice to detox, i was off to order the Shrimp Fry Set ( A combination of deep-fried shrimp and other Saboten specialties. 

And since they had Deep-Fried Oysters, i grabbed a piece for myself. And since it was imported from Hiroshima, Japan, i knew this was to be the best fried oysters in the market today. 

And since i don't eat pork, my friends enjoyed their Tonkatsus and Curry sets, while i try out the Agedashi Tofu. 

A few hours later, the dessert was served. The Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Cake below was delectable, and the fine chocolate whipped on top was definitely made with finest ingredients. 

On the other side of the plate is Sesame Sansrival Cave which i never shared with everyone. Ha! 

This food exploration tour was a delight to all senses. Trying out a lot of food for the first time while basking in ambiance of casual to fine dining restaurants is something i will never forget. I realized after this, that i may not be the best food blogger, but i known my food damn well. Cheers, Raintree Group of Restaurants. 

Simplé Lang Restaurant
Ayala Triangle Gardens, Ayala Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila
Telephone Number: +6326216162

Terraz Bistro
Third Floor, Zuellig Building,
Makati Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila
Telephone Number: +6326254832

Museum Café / M Café
Level 1, Greenbelt 4, Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Telephone Number: +6327573000

Kabila Filipino Bistro
Level 1, Greenbelt 4, Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Telephone Number: +6327573000

Ground Floor, Glorietta 5, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City, Metro Manila
Telephone Number: +6326250909